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TitleOral history interview with Mrs Elizabeth Ramsay on 14 October 2015
Date14 October 2015
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
England, Lauren
Ramsay, Elizabeth
DescriptionInterview conducted by Lauren England.

00:00-02:21: Introduction: Institutional Management, domestic science course relating to running schools, hospitals and hotels; two years at Battersea College, one year in industry;

02:21-06:01: Why Battersea College? Left school for employment at Kodak in Harrow, hired as canteen trainee, course recommended by colleague

06:01-10:05: Studying after World War Two: recalls limited materials; describes shortage of real eggs; remembers cooking for student canteen; recalls lectures on sewing and dressmaking; describes new look fashion, Dior style, lengthened skirts

10:05-12:47: Food: describes rationing; recalls food was supplied for practicals on course

12:47-15:07: Campus facilities: The Refectory, canteen style, can not remember seating; common room downstairs, the theatre at Battersea; sewing area for course and area for housekeeping

15:07-19:09: Common Room: remembers lots of meetings there and posters on the walls;
mentions Olympic Games 1948; recalls membership of Battersea Athletic Club, won Victor Dorum 1949, Matsbar Park

19:09-21:47: Sports: Athletics team, high jump, running; John Swaybee

21:47-25:51: Accommodation: Lived at home; hour and a half commute; lunchtime dance classes in great hall, ballroom; boyfriend member of operatic society

25:51-34:04: Harvest Camps: describes journey to Shropshire; recalls staying in NAAFI building on old airfield; Richard Ness ran camp with wife; domestic science students cooked for the other students; visited Mitten and Mermaid public house in evenings;

34:04-40:43: Socialising: dating several people; campus magazine, Polygon; John Swaybee; married David; date to theatre in London;
Industrial Placements: six weeks at University College in The Refectory; six weeks in hospital diet kitchen, Mount Vernon

40:43-46:14: After degree: employment at North London Collegiate School for Girls; Esther Rantzen; jobs board at Battersea; college helped with maturity; Metal Box Factory, assistant canteen manager

46:14-52:06: Living at home: mentions 137 bus; dances at other colleges on Saturday nights, Senate House, University College, Imperial College; evening dress; went to them on boyfriend's motorbike; big bands performed; ball after graduation at Grosvenor House; fog

52:06-53:23: Fog: buses ran through night; conductor walked in front of bus with flaming torch

53:23-01:01:19: Fashion: mentions Dior, long skirts; spare clothes from Aunt; lots of wool; tweed;
Ex-servicemen and women at Battersea College; mix of students from different backgrounds and ages; Battersea Park, boating on lake

01:01:19-01:05:31: Dating: Walks in Surrey and around London; left Battersea in 1949, married in 1953

01:05:31-01:08:40: National service: compulsory for men; allowed to continue studies, if passed exams; excused from service for acne

01:08:40-01:18:18: Memories: Polygon newspaper, published weekly, gossip; overworked at times; ended up working for John Lewis

01:18:19 - End
Administrative HistoryMrs Elizabeth Ramsay (nee. Bedford) studied an IMA course, Institutional Management, at Battersea, receiving her IMA Certificate in 1950.
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